Despite the spectacular look of a crash between a Langley RCMP cruiser and a flipped camper van on Tuesday — all five involved are home from hospital and will be OK.
Because nobody was seriously harmed in the crash, the Independent Investigation Office of B.C. is no longer involved, the IIO reported on Thursday.
“In this case, the injuries sustained by the affected persons do not meet the definition of serious harm. The Chief Civilian Director has reviewed the information obtained during the IIO preliminary investigation and has determined all jurisdiction will be released to the RCMP,” said IIO’s Ralph Krenz in a press release.
The Langley RCMP officer involved in the serious crash at an Aldergrove intersection was released from hospital hours after being flow there via Air Ambulance, confirmed Langley RCMP. He has no major injuries.
The marked police car was going to a call with his emergency equipment activated when his cruiser was T-boned by a travel van at the intersection of Fraser Highway and 268 Street on Tuesday.
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. was investigating the serious crash that sent five people to hospital with various injuries.
Since 2012, the IIO investigates police-related incidents.
Around 1:30 p.m., the cruiser was travelling on Fraser Highway to a call when it collided with the van. The impact of the crash sent the van onto its side. Both vehicles were heavily damaged.
Debris from the crash was scattered across Fraser Highway. Several fire trucks and ambulances responded.
The police officer was hit on the driver’s side and air bags were deployed. He was transferred to hospital via air ambulance. The family of four people in the camper van were taken to various hospitals, said the IIO in a press release.
The Air Ambulance landed at Parkside Elementary nearby.
The extent of injuries of the family were minor and all four were released from hospital by the next day. The officer involved is also expected to make a full recovery, confirmed Const. Craig van Herk.
The travel van has Alberta plates and there is some indication it was a family visiting the area.
The area was closed for until around 8 p.m.